... “He watched me brush my teeth and said, ‘It's terrible, that bad breath’“, Nigel recalls of that magic moment. About a week later, in that same toilet, his heart started beating very fast. Nigel thought that he was having a heart attack and in a panic rushed out of the bathroom and found that he couldn’t walk or talk properly. “ Suddenly I realized it was my heart opening. Sometimes things happen when you least expect them to, and you don’t always find what you are looking for in the place you expect to find it.”
Sunday, September 7th, 2.00 p.m. – 5.30 p.m.
"The Role of Dreams in the Study of Human Transformation"
A Sufi Perspective on Working with Dreams on the Spiritual Path
Some words from Nigel Hamilton’s writings
“In Sufism and many other spiritual disciplines, the reason why we dream is because the dream state is a connection between the spiritual world and this world. This is a fundamentally different view of dreams compared to psychology. In psychology, we recognize that dreams are the result of our social relationships and social interactions with people, and also our thoughts about ourselves.
The spiritual perspective on dreams is that there is another dimension, the dimension of light, and that also is present in our dreams. So we do not deny the psychological impact of the world, but we also affirm the presence of the spiritual in the dream. What that means is: every single dream has a spiritual dimension to it, even illusory dreams. It's a bit like a painter who paints a canvas, and first it's all light and very beautiful, and then along comes a cleaner who doesn't recognize art and washes over it with a mop and dirties the canvas. So you no longer recognize the painting, it just looks like a dirty canvas, until someone says, well, there is something in that canvas, and they start cleaning away, to find something underneath it. That's the work we do with dreams. We hope to do a little bit of cleaning up.”
Under the auspices his teacher Pir Zia Inayat Khan, Nigel Wali Hamilton has been fully initiated in the ancient and mystical ways of universal Sufism, which is often referred to as “the religion of the heart.” The Sufi teachings of his lineage, including Pir Vilayat Khan and Hazrat Inayat Khan, offer a unique way of bringing the spirit of Sufism into everyday life. Born in South Africa, Nigel’s life is a testimony to the grounded, down-to-earth way in which Sufis seek to unite with the divine.
He has a powerful connection to dreams as a bridge between the spiritual realm and “ordinary” life, and has translated his spiritual knowledge about dreams into scientific research for which he has been awarded a Ph.D.
Dr. Hamilton is the leader of the London Sufi Centre and is the representative of the Sufi Order of the West in England. He is also the Vice President of the Esoteric School of the Sufi Order International and the director of the Centre for Counselling and Psychotherapy Education in London, a charitable organization that provides professional advice for people in need, as well as academic training for transpersonal psychotherapists. Nigel teaches psychotherapy and dream work from a spiritual point of view.